Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition characterised by a number of behaviours, including hyperactivity, restlessness, inattentiveness and impulsiveness, is one of the most common childhood disorders. ADHD can continue through to adulthood and can leave you feeling frustrated, confused and limited.
ADHD is often mistaken for laziness, carelessness, thoughtlessness and lack of drive. Getting a handle on it and challenging misconceptions can be a struggle, but ADHD coaching can help.
Those living with ADHD may find it difficult to inhibit their spontaneous responses. Common symptoms include:
- Finding it hard to concentrate and sit still
- Easily distracted and often act without thinking
- Showing extreme sensitivity to smell, sound and light
- Interrupt or blurt things out in conversation
The behaviours associated with ADHD can be subtle, but occur in a range of situations so while people may misunderstand the condition, it’s worth remembering the following: ADHD is classed as a developmental disorder and is a medical condition…
- Read more on Happiful for tips on supporting children with ADHD.
Related conditions in children
Children who are diagnosed with ADHD can also show signs of developing other conditions, though this is not always the case for every child.
- Mental ill-health struggles such as anxiety and depression
- Dyslexia - struggling with reading, writing and spelling
- Sleeping problems - inability to get to sleep, stay asleep or having irregular sleep patterns, often sleeping in the day
- Epilepsy - a brain condition causing frequent seizures
Related conditions in adults
Adults with ADHD commonly suffer from depression and other mental ill-health conditions including:
- bipolar disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
Visit the NHS ADHD hub for more medicinal information.
ADHD coaching is a form of life coaching that aims to help manage the condition by breaking down the seemingly momentous tasks into sizeable jobs to be taken one step at a time. You’ll develop an understanding of the way you behave and learn how to manage the symptoms associated with ADHD. It’s a structured process to help people with the condition develop a new element of control, order and structure in their lives.
Coaching for ADHD
Suitable for both children and adults living with ADHD, ADHD coaching is a supportive process, where you and your coach will work together to identify what you want to achieve. By developing close and trusting partnerships, coaches look to help their clients develop greater structure, focus and purpose in their lives.
Your coach will work with you to identify your own personal goals, develop strategies to help achieve these aspirations, as well as managing symptoms and learning how to cope with the condition. With the help and guidance of your ADHD coach, you will develop the self-awareness, self-belief and motivation to reach your full potential.
Your ADHD coach will support you in recognising your behaviours and understand the impact ADHD has on your life.
How can ADHD coaching help?
ADHD coaching can help in a variety of ways, teaching you to stay focused on your goals and manage stressful symptoms. While the methods used will depend on the coach and the client, common benefits include:
Your coach will help you recognise your goals and know what you want to achieve from your sessions. You may learn how to manage expectations of your goals and how to break them into smaller, more manageable tasks. You will recognise what obstacles may stand in your way and devise a structured plan for how to overcome them.
It is common for people with ADHD to struggle to concentrate or focus on tasks for long periods of time. Coaching will help you understand how long each task may take and how to prioritise important tasks. You’ll learn how to manage difficult tasks and cope with emotions associated with these tasks.
ADHD coaching can help you understand the importance of organisation and how to manage your thought process when organising tasks. Your coach will help you restructure your environment, leading to a more productive space. You may also learn how to identify potential distractions and when to remove yourself from the situation.
Your coach can help improve your social skills and how to manage and behave in a social situation. Together you will work to improve your confidence, self-belief and understand that you can ask for help if you feel you need it and how to ask for it.
What happens in an ADHD coaching session?
Every coach is different and will have their own style of working so it’s important you find the right coach who you connect with. Coaches now offer a variety of means to conduct sessions, which can be: face-to-face, video calling (e.g. Skype), over the telephone or via email and it’s common for sessions to last around an hour, although this will vary between clients. The number of ADHD coaching sessions you have is entirely up to you. Your coach can also advise their thoughts on the most suitable number of sessions for you. This may also depend on your symptoms, your goals and your level of understanding.
When you have found a coach that you feel comfortable with, you’ll have an initial consultation. It is in this session you'll meet your coach and discuss what you hope to achieve from ADHD coaching.
Your coach will ask you questions to help them learn more about you, your condition and how you are currently managing it so they can get a good understanding. After discussing what you want to gain from your coaching sessions, your coach will begin to develop a plan tailored for your objectives.
It is important to ask questions if you are unsure about any of the process: you may be given tasks to work on throughout the duration of your ADHD coaching and long after they finish so it’s important for you to understand these tasks to progress.
Over time you will develop life skills and learn the tools that will help you reach your goals. You will learn how to improve concentration, stay motivated and overcome any obstacles that may appear along the journey.
Where can I find an ADHD coach?
If you’re ready to start your journey, the next step is to find a coach that you feel comfortable with and can engage with. On Life Coach Directory, we have a proof policy to ensure all professionals listed with us have provided proof of qualifications and insurance or membership with a professional body.
We believe in the importance of finding a coach that resonates with you. To make this easier, we encourage our members to fill their profiles with plenty of information. This way you can learn more about the way they work and if they are the person to help you.
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